“[We are] so proud of her, because she’s worked so hard,” Janet Swett said. “It’s great [to hear the song on TV]. She wrote the song after her very first trip to St. Jude [Children’s Research] Hospital. Her and a bunch of musicians and songwriters from Nashville went on a bus ... up there to entertain the kids. It just broke her heart. Some of them were trying to overcome such disabilities.
“So she sat down and wrote that song on the way back from the hospital to Nashville about it being their day, calling it ‘My Day’ — overcoming [obstacles]. So she was thrilled to death [the song was selected].”
Born in Cohutta, the Swetts’ granddaughter started singing around 2 years old, with her talents catching the attention of the music industry when she was a teenager.
According to the Grand Ole Opry’s website, www.opry.com, “Raised in the small town of Dalton, Georgia, Mallary was gaining hometown recognition, playing more than 200 shows by her 16th birthday. The young country music sensation then made the move to Nashville, knocking on all the doors on Music Row, eventually signing a publishing deal with Sony ATV at the age of 19.
“... Mallary helped co-write Lauren Alaina’s 2011 single ‘Georgia Peaches’ along with ‘The Locket,’ another song on Lauren’s debut album. She has opened for some of country music’s biggest artists including Opry members Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Clint Black, and country stars Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gary Allan, and Jake Owen. Mallary made her Grand Ole Opry debut in October of 2009 and has performed numerous times since. She is currently recording a debut album slated for release in 2014.”
For Janet Swett, watching her granddaughter’s dreams come to fruition is a heartwarming experience.
“She opened for George Jones down at the Georgia State Fair when she was either 14 or 15 and it just kind of escalated from there,” Swett said. “People heard her voice and her accomplished writing to be as young as she was. Then [she] and Justin Wilson sang a duet at the Colgate Showdown down at Disney World ... [and] after that she was told by Sony Records in Nashville that she had songwriting abilities, so her mother and father both quit their jobs [and relocated their family to Nashville]. They had that much faith in her.
“... It makes you a proud grandmother and a mother,” she said, referring to her granddaughter’s musical journey and success, “because [my] son and daughter-in-law as well as her younger brother ... they gave up everything up in the Dalton area ... [and] they just took off on pure faith.”